22 February 2014, 01:29 PM IST
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiat ... r-our-fear-of-china
Getting over our fear of China
Are you sitting in the dark thanks to an unscheduled power cut? Are the roads you travel on every day full of potholes? Do you avoid travelling by train because Indian Railways — the largest rail network in the world — has a poor safety record, besides being suffocatingly overcrowded?
Help might be on its way from an unexpected quarter to give us a hand to overcome these and other problems arising from the country's increasingly inadequate infrastructure. That unexpected quarter is China, seen by many in this country to be the biggest threat to India's security after Pakistan.
Ever since they gave us a sound thrashing in 1962, we have viewed the Chinese with an admixture of fear and rivalry. Fear that Beijing will continue its policy of sharing nuclear know-how with Islamabad, heightening tensions between India and Pakistan. Fear that one of these days China will march in and take over Arunachal Pradesh, which it has long claimed as its own territory.
But even as these fears persist, the fearsome Chinese dragon has been making friendly investment overtures to India. By far the most significant of these was made earlier this month when Beijing submitted a five-year trade and economic cooperation plan to New Delhi which envisages China financing 50 per cent of India's infrastructural investment, targeted by the 12th Five-Year Plan to be one trillion US dollars.The sectors where the Chinese want to invest are telecom; nuclear, solar and hydel power plants; railways; roads; and sewage treatment.
If New Delhi were to accept the Chinese offer, it could help to revamp our overburdened infrastructure, which is seen as one of the major bottlenecks holding back the country's economic and social progress. Better infrastructure — more power, more roads, more trains — means a faster rate of growth — back to 9+% from the current -5% — and more jobs, which would help exorcise the demon of unemployment which is the root cause of much of the social and political unrest India faces.
Why does China want to invest in India, with whom it still has several unresolved border problems? The Chinese economy — even now the fastest growing major economy in the world, clocking a respectable 8% rate — is slowing down. Making infrastructural investments in India — which would involve the intensive use of Chinese machinery and other goods besides expertise — would give an economic boost to Beijing. The world's two most populous countries working together, instead of being at cross-purposes with each other, would make a formidable team.
So what's stopping New Delhi from opening the door to the Chinese dragon? The home ministry and the defence ministry are reportedly both against letting the Chinese in, citing security reasons. How can you trust the Chinese, with whom we fought a bitter and humiliating war in '62, and might have to fight another in future, over Arunachal or some other territorial issue?
Such fears can't be brushed aside. There are a total of nine Indian ministries who deal with China in various spheres, including that of trade and commerce. Inter-ministerial communication could help to work out a solution whereby Chinese investment could be allowed entry without compromising security, say by proscribing Beijing from undertaking projects in sensitive areas like Kashmir and the north eastern states. In the meantime, those of us in India who daily pray for a regular supply of bijli-pani, better roads, better public transport might like, in order for the deal to come through, to do puja to the Ganesh or Lakshmi image that we have at home. That would be quite appropriate, seeing as how the Ganesh or Lakshmi image more than likely has a 'Made in China' stamp on it.
Learn and then teach our youth to make cheap goods
Ravi Pratap Narain S (Lucknow) says:
February 22,2014 at 09:18 PM IST
If border dispute between both the countries is resolved peacefully, I do not find anything wrong in making cooperation with China. infact Chinese model of development may be more ideal for us than that of US. As far as five-year trade and economic cooperation plan is concerned it is not fair to comment on this particular issue without knowing the details thereof.
Viswanath (Hyderabad) says:
February 22,2014 at 06:51 PM IST
Intellectual Laziness of Indians is appalling. "Rivalry" with China as "admixture of mistrust or fear" is RACIAL (Nido Tania!) and has least to do with 1962 war. Sardar Patel's Jingoistic letter to Nehru over Chinese Policy dates back to 1950, when Chinese were nowhere near Indian Border. Every prediction in Patel's letter was either proved wrong or served as self-fulfilling policy that spread venom of hate. North Indians tend to forgive Pakistanis for "any" heinous act. India's degree "mistrust" of Chinese compared to what Chinese "actually did" is completely disproportional and out-of-context. For years leading up to 1962, India has indulged in "cross-border attacks" in the name of Forward Policy. While ignorant/opportunist Indians happily blame it on Nehru and Menon, it was largely due to Right-wing Jingoism in this irresponsible democracy. To China, India was "proxy" of "Imperial" USA and hence the events of Oct/Nov 1962. Indian Frogs still can't think beyond their well. Sino-Indian conflict was completely fabricated, nurtured and unleashed by India and India alone. "Our enemy is Pakistan - not China" declared Padma Vibhshan VK Krishna Menon who had that bold vision of "India and China making a formidable team" - as early as 1950s. Menon was demonized, dehumanized, branded a Communist and accused of trying to India's land to China. When Menon adopted Forward Policy against his better judgment (also against advise of Gen. Timmayya) and it backfired, everybody pretended ignorance. All of a sudden, 1962 became the starting point.
Santosh (Chennai) says:
February 22,2014 at 06:35 PM IST
I think its better to be ruled by the chinese than these hijdas. At least we will have better roads in the country.
Viswanath (Hyderabad) says:
February 22,2014 at 05:54 PM IST
Indians are ignorant while Indian Generals/Officers are incompetent Uttar Kumars who don't understand warfare. It is India's good fortune that Chinese are "not expansionist". Arunachal Pradesh belongs to Tibet - neither India nor China. When a soldier dies in a battle, any country calls it "valor" while Indian Idiots call it "humiliation". Chinese ran away like dogs in 1962. When enemy retreats, any other country claims victory. Only stupid Indians can call it "thrashing". Many Indians in fact cheered when China launched attack. They finally found someone who could bring Mighty Lion Jawaharlal Nehru to his knees. (fair and good looking) North Indians could finally stop (dark and ugly Keralite) VK Krishna Menon from becoming 2nd Prime Minister of India.